Ross Marks

Ross Marks

Biography

Ross Kagan Marks graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in 1990. Ross directed the award-winning short film SCRAMBLED LOVE in 1990. Ross was one of the youngest graduates of the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Program, where he received his MFA in 1994. In 1994, Ross also directed the award-wining film SHOWDOWN ON RIO ROAD featuring Robby Benson. In 1995, Ross directed the full-length feature film, HOMAGE, starring Blythe Danner, Bruce Davison, Sheryl Lee and Frank Whaley, written and produced by Mark Medoff. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award and went on to receive more awards at numerous film festivals. In 1997, Ross directed the film adaptation of the play THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS. The film was produced by Showtime and Hallmark. Garry Marshall was Executive Producer. The film featured Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Rosie O’Donnell, Jack Klugman, Jon Tenney, and Jennifer Beals. The film opened the Chicago Film Festival in 1998, played at Sundance, and received many awards. 1n 1997 and 1998 Ross taught independent filmmaking at The AFI. Ross directed the award-winning short film PRINCESS in 2014. The film was a semi-finalist for the Live Action Short Academy Award. He completed his fourth feature film THE HEART OUTRIGHT written by Mark Medoff based on his stage play. He is currently in pre-production on his fifth feature film WALKING WITH HERB, starring Edward James Olmos, George Lopez, Christopher MacDonald and Billy Boyd. The film is based on the award-winning novel, with a screenplay by Academy award nominee Mark Medoff. Ross teaches at New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival.

Contact Ross

Email: rossm@nmsu.edu
Phone: (575)646-7472
Office: Milton Hall 172-C

Courses Taught

Acting For Film
Directing
Screenwriting
Cinema Review
Film Festival Prep and Production